Well, we have been saying this for a while. And we have seen customer interest and adoption starting to trend in this direction for sure...
Check out this article by Galen Gruman in Infoworld: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Linux+and+Unix&articleId=9128813&taxonomyId=122&pageNumber=1
"Essentially, desktop Linux makes sense as the desktop OS only for thoseemployees who do common work in Office and Web apps. But that's a lotof people."
"OpenOffice is a sound alternative to Microsoft Office, but I spent most of my time with the free IBM Lotus Symphony, which is a slightly better productivity suite than OpenOffice, in the InfoWorld Test Center's evaluation."
"many companies, government agencies, and educational institutions canchuck at least some of them. Those based on XP -- or Windows 2000,which still has a huge installed base in government agencies -- canlook to big savings on licensing, hardware, and training costs."
Social Business transformation
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More adoption trends...
"The freelance marketplace Odesk (www.odesk.org) recently reported thatthe number of Linux-related jobs posted on its boards has increasedmore than 1400% since 2006": http://linux-foundation.org/weblogs/press/2009/03/01/linux-foundation-announces-training-program-to-meet-increasing-demand-for-linux-talent/
Berkley is offering Linux courses: http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/news/linuxcourses.html:
"For software programmers and developers worried about layoffs and jobsecurity in these tough economic times, the answer may be as clear asthe screen on your cell phone. That’s because manufacturers of smallconsumer equipment like cell phones and PDAs need programmers trainedin embedded Linux to hand-tune the product’s software code."
And then if you look at the hot jobs in 2009, there is a good intersection of roles that can benefit from such capabilities:
And as you may know, the Obama campaign used Ubuntu nation wide: http://boredandblogging.com/2008/10/21/obama-ubuntu/
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"Under the Open Source, Open Standards and Re–Use: Government Action Plan the UK government will specify requirements by reference to open standards and require compliance with open standards in solutions where feasible.1 The government indicated it will support the use of ODF. It will also work to ensure that government information is available in open formats, and it will make this a required standard for government websites."
Seventeen national and eight provincial governments around the world have now officially endorsed ODF for document exchange.
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Reduce costs, lower TCO, <1year ROI?
Here is the Liberate - Migrate - Virtualize recipe
Liberate:- free up money in IT budget by taking alternate procurement strategy: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
- more than 600 companies have freed up $3.5B over the last 3 years by executing this strategy
Migrate:- Reduce software licencing costs and increase productivity through best-of-breed smarter collaboration technologies
- There are several starting points and scenarios based on user segmentation (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)
- Microsoft office to Lotus Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
- Microsoft windows to Linux
- Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, SharePoint, etc. to IBM Lotus Collaboration
- Add Lotus Sametime, Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr etc to the current environment
- Leverage a variety of Integrated Communication Services including converged communications, mobility and wireless, network optimization, RFID, and telecom expense management
- Simplify your server infrastructure by moving to Linux, System Z, etc
- Pick the best delivery model
Virtualize: (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)- Reduce operational costs
- Virtual windows/Linux desktops for the right user segments
- Managed end user services including self enablement portal, asset recovery, platform integration and deployment, software platform management, and workplace optimization
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Check this out: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23370.wss
On a roll. Great momentum with Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony, etc.)
1. OCCS powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell: More Customers, Value Added Resellers like Arrow in USA, Avnet in Italy generating leads for their partners. Live DVD from Novell: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/preLogin.do?lang=en_US&source=sw-pprod05&S_PKG=SW-LN8betaSUSElinux
2. Red Hat offering OCCS powered by RHEL from Red Hat: Marketing initiative for Business Partners
and Live DVD: http://rhx.redhat.com/rhx/support/article/DOC-2050
3. Lotus Notes support for Ubuntu (limited 8.0.1, full 8.5)
Lotus Symphony beta 4, Lotus Notes features, etc.: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23366.wss
Lotus Foundations: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23326.wss that leverages the Net Integration Technologies acquistion: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23325.wss runs on SLES from Novell.
Bluehouse SaaS suite of collaboration features: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23326.wss